Following competitive tender Frankham’s Architectural Health Team was secured Architectural and Lead Consultant Services of the proposed re-modelling of Ward and Office Accommodation at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to create a vibrant 26 bed ward.
The proposed works were within an existing building at first floor level, which was constructed using the Oxford Method, the area was occupied by Trust offices and the IT department which had to be relocated prior to the works being completed.
An added complication was the presence of asbestos for which a full R & D survey was carried out once the decant had been completed.
An outline proposal had already been prepared for a 26 bed ward with support facilities which was fully developed by Frankham to obtain sign off. Works included a full strip out with new distribution boards, electrical wiring and medical gases as no infrastructure was available and effectively the project started from a shell.
The Trust programme from instruction in July, following securing funding in August, was to occupy by Christmas 2014, the project was essentially completed on time and to budget, despite unknowns in the building.